Day One over at Aussie Tour School
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 Australasian PGA Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Round One | 03 Jan 2013
The opening round of the 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia’s Tour School has been completed and Queenslander Daniel Nisbet and South Australian Brendan Chant have the lead after their opening rounds of 67 over the North Course at the Peninsula Golf Club.
Caboolture’s Nisbet, one of Australia’s leading amateurs before turning professional, double bogeyed his opening hole but a hot streak through the middle of his round where he produced an eagle and five birdies in seven holes had him back on track.
Nisbet won his venue of the PGA Tour’s Stage One Qualifying in the US by a massive 12 shots before missing out at Stage Two but many consider he is in for a great career in the paid ranks after turning professional soon after competing for Australia at the Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey.
Chant has been out of the game with injury for some time but has played the Australian pro-am circuit for much of his career. The 40 year old raced through his opening ten holes in 5 under par before the momentum slowed but it was stil a great start.
Six players are at 4 under and just one of the pace. They include the former Eisenhower Trophy Champion and winner on the PGA Tour Phil Tataurangi, Leigh Deagan, Grant Thomas, Ed Stedman and joint Stage One winner Tom Bond.
Other scores of note included the rounds of 69 by Matt Giles, David Lutterus and Matt Jager and two under par rounds of 70 by Wayne Perske and Brad Hughes.
The leading ten players will earn the all important Category 11 status on the PGA Tour of Australasia while there are other categories available for those finishing further down the list.
The balance who make the cut will earn either Category 13 and Category 20 membership which should earn them starts in most of the State based championships.
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